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Medical School Programme

Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme has been running for more than 35 years and is designed to give students the best possible chance of gaining a place at a top UK university medical school.

Medical School success

Getting into Medical School is not only about excellent academic achievement. Students need to be fully equipped to start a career in medicine, be up to speed with current medical issues, feel confident in interview, have some work experience and show a genuine and strong ambition to become a doctor. Medicine can be emotionally and physically demanding so learning how to interact with patients and manage extremely stressful and distressing situations is essential to becoming a successful doctor.

Amy Youngman, Head of Faculty for Natural Sciences, leads Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme and has been successfully enabling students to apply for medical school for many years. Amy is a Medical School interviewer for UCL and is Head of Sixth Form at Ashbourne. She also teaches A Level Biology.

I honestly believe if I didn’t get all the one-to-one sessions with Amy where I had to target the BMAT to my specific situation I wouldn’t have done as well. You get such personal attention at Ashbourne which is what my favourite thing was about the whole Medical School Programme.

— Hana, Medicine at Imperial College London

Comprehensive programme

Medical School students take part in weekly workshops, get expert help to prepare for required BMAT and UCAT tests, receive individual support and guidance throughout the entire application process and sit mock interviews. The Programme offers students:

  • A thorough understanding of what a medical career will involve, including dentistry
  • A forum to discuss and debate current medical issues and ethics with other prospective medical school students
  • Opportunities to talk with practising doctors and Ashbourne alumni who are now at medical school
  • BMAT and UCAT preparation
  • Interview preparation: both traditional and MMIs
  • UCAS support and guidance on all aspects of the application process from finding the right course and meeting all the requirements to writing a relevant and compelling personal statement and accepting an offer
  • Assistance in securing voluntary work experience placements
  • Supplementary support in Biology and Chemistry.
Medical School Programme webinar

Amy explains how the programme works and describes how Ashbourne prepares and supports our students to make successful applications. Former Medical School Programme students also share their experiences and answer questions.

Medical School Programme presentation

Medical School Programme

What attracted me to Ashbourne was the small class sizes and how personal everything felt between you and your teacher. The Medical School Programme gave me the skills and tools I needed to go into the interview and to write a good personal statement.

— Lilian, Medicine at King's College London

Excellent results

Ashbourne’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the Medical School Programme, offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades.

Our students consistently achieve outstanding results, 66% A*/A 2021, and students’ performance improvement is excellent, placing the college in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges for value added. Currently, almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to apply

Ashbourne offers an adult-approach to learning which is less formal than most schools yet is demanding and disciplined. We believe this helps nurture confident, self-reliant and independent thinking students prepared for the next stages of their lives. We attract students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn.

Please get in touch to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme. Email, admissions@ashbournecollege.co.uk, call +44 (0) 20 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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